Grange Notes by Tim Swartz for December 2, 2015
Remember: singing at the Grange this Saturday, and then a potluck dinner!
And bring your instruments to play along! Guitar? Banjo? Accordion?
We’ll go until 6:30, when we begin another Grange potluck–hope you will join us for all of the above.
The first dance on Dec. 12th, for example, will be “Contra and Blues”, with music by “the Figments”, and calling by Adina Gordon, for the contra section. And there will also be a blues dance workshop, led by Alison Nihart and Adam Franco.
Future dance combinations will include contras + waltz, Scandinavian, English, swing, advanced contra and more. Check out their website: http://www.contraexchange.org/ for more information–and come on three Saturdays of dancing in a row, on Dec. 5th and 19th with the usual great CDU dances, and in between on the 12th with the new series.
There remain some questions–will we have exactly the right parts? Who will set this up for events at the Grange? Who will take care that all the parts are stored correctly, and accessible? Please keep in touch if you want to help us figure all of this out–it could be a nice improvement for our Hall, and it could be a tricky thing to manage–but it seems it will be part of our future.
Wholeshare has been delivering produce and meats from Black River Produce, and household supplies from Honest Green and Honest Green Pantry to our Hall since the spring, and orders have continued to grow as more people discover the benefits and multiple choices available. Group members can buy whole cases–or join “splits” to get part of a case, or crate, or box, depending on how the products are sold. Members order online, and payment is made online so finances are simple. Products rang from eggs, to ground pork, to lacinato kale, to peppers, to crackers, to non-toxic household cleaners, to toilet paper and paper towels–and much more. The total number of products is over 30,000, in fact.
To join the group, just go to: http://www.wholeshare.com/
Deliveries are made to the Grange Hall kitchen, to be picked up on the nights of CDU contra dances–the next pick up is this Saturday, Dec. 5th
This project was organized by Rob Fish, the consultant for the Vermont Digital Economy who helped us get our new website organized, our Hall Wi-Fi, and me to start using MailChimp for these newsletters. He’s available to answer questions, and sends out occasional emails to group members about available “splits”, deadline reminders and more.
Merry and I are among the members who have enjoyed getting these products–including VT Coffee Company beans for $9 per pound, cheddar cheese for $1.05 per pound, and much more. If more of you join, even more splits will be available for us to share–that’s my vested interest!
For the Grange, Wholeshare sends us a check for 5% of the total orders, so there is an obvious benefit for those who support the Grange and its Hall!